Spain found them self in a comparatively easy bracket to get to the final, but they have not played good enough to get to the final they played some good football in patches, can they perform in knockout stages better remains to be seen. Russia on the other hand did very well to beat mediocre Egypt and Saudi Arabia but found could not get anything out against a rigid Uruguay defense, against Spain they will likely to get chances but how many they concede will decide the match
Spain vs Russia
2018 World Cup Round of 16
Date: Sunday, 1 July 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow.
- Spain head into the R16 tie with hosts Russia as heavy favourites, but will they justify the tag and fix the impression after a sloppy start to the tournament?
- Russia have never defeated Spain in the past and this will be their seventh head to head contest.
- Teams drew 3-3 when they took on each other in a friendly in November last year.
Spain Team News
- Spain are undefeated in 23 games, the previous loss coming back at EURO 2016 to Italy.
- Just as expected, Fernando Hierro introduced Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara instead of Real’s Lucas Vazquez for the clash with Morocco.
- We expect to see a squad similar or identical to the one that faced the Atlas Lions on Monday.
Spain Predicted Starting Eleven (4-3-3)
De Gea – Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba – Alcantara, Busquets, Iniesta – Silva, Costa, Isco.
Russia Team News
- Stanislav Cherchesov rested Aleksandr Golovin who will certainly be back against Spain.
- Mario Fernandes will also start on the right-back as his substitute Igor Smolnikov was sent off in the first half of the contest with La Celeste.
- Yuri Zhirkov is also expected to make the return.
- Artem Dzyuba will likely be favoured to lead the line over Fedor Smolov once again.
Russia Predicted Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Akinfeev – Zhirkov, Ignashevich, Kutepov, Fernandes – Gazinsky, Zobnin – Cheryshev, Golovin, Samedov – Dzyuba.
Predicted Full-Time Result is Spain to win in a high-scoring affair at Luzhniki.
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